[image-1]Following the season's D.C. setting and themed challenges, special guests will include: Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie.
Personally, I'm excited to see the new chefs in action so I can give them all snarky nicknames. We'll also get to see who fills the usual archetypes: the bitchy female trying to prove herself, the cocky one, the funny one, the foreign one with an accent who delivers funnny and/or memorable quips, the eye candy -- you get the idea.
Catch the premiere on Wednesday, June 16 at 9 p.m., the listen to our fun and snarky recap of it on the Top Chef Podcast the following day.
Check out the cast bios of Top Chef: Washington D.C. here: www.bravotv.com/top-chef.
The new chef'testants:
* Alex Reznik, 33 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Hollywood, CA
* Amanda Baumgarten, 27 Hometown/Resides in: Los Angeles, CA
* Andrea Curto-Randazzo, 39 Hometown: Vero Beach, FL/Resides in: Miami Beach, FL.
* Angelo Sosa, 34 Hometown: Connecticut; Resides in New York, NY.
* Arnold Myint, 32 Hometown/Resides in: Nashville, TN.
* Ed Cotton, 32 Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in New York, NY.
* Jacqueline Lombard, 33 Hometown: Boston, MA/Resides in Brooklyn, NY.
* John Somerville, 42 Hometown/Resides in: West Bloomfield, MI.
* Kelly Liken, 33 Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA/Resides in: Vail, CO.
* Kenny Gilbert, 36 Hometown: Cleveland, OH/Resides in: Telluride, CO
* Kevin Sbraga, 30 Hometown/Resides in: Willingboro, NJ.
* Lynne Gigliotti, 51 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA/Resides in Hyde Park, NY.
* Stephen Hopcraft, 40 Hometown: Cleveland, OH.; Resides in Las Vegas, NV
* Tamesha Warren, 24 Hometown: Barbados; Resides in Washington D.C.
* Tiffany Derry, 26 Hometown: Beaumont, TX/Resides in: Dallas, TX
* Timothy Dean, 39 Hometown: Washington D.C./Resides in Baltimore, MD
* Tracey Bloom, 33 Hometown: Rochester, NY/Resides in Atlanta, GA